IBM will diagnose your ills

IBM is packing off its Watson software to the health industry where it is going to be telling people what is wrong with them.

MisFit synchronizes with smartphones, hits KickStarter

When it comes time to getting into shape, one of the biggest challenges for most people is accurately tracking and measuring fitness goals. 

Unplugging: Tour schedules, record labels, and everything in-between

This week featured a plethora of music news, ranging from drama with record labels to anticipated albums.

What if Mars astronauts get sick?

A spacecraft really wouldn't be a great place to suffer from, say, salmonella poisoning - but new research indicates that microgravity and prolonged space flight could give unique advantages to germs.

Dissolvable electronics do their job, then disappear

Researchers have developed tiny electronic devices that can be used in medical implants and which melt right away when they're finished with.

Organic food 'no healthier'

Organic food isn't noticeably better for people's health, according to a meta-analysis of past studies carried out by Stanford University scientists.

New-found atmospheric compound may affect climate and health

A previously unsuspected chemical process in the Earth's atmosphere is creating sulfuric acid, known to have a significant impact on climate and human health.

Gene therapy dramatically extends mouse lifespan

Gene therapy has been used to increase the lifespan of mice by up to 24 percent - and improve their health at the same time.

Social status affects immune system

A change in the social position of a rhesus macaque can affect the expression of nearly 1,000 genes, perhaps partly explaining why poorer people tend to have worse health outcomes.

$10 million X Prize offered for Star Trek 'tricorder'

The X PRIZE Foundation, together with Qualcomm Foundation, has announced a new $10 million prize: for anyone that can come up with a Star Trek-style medical 'tricorder'.

Climate disasters costing billions in health costs

Extreme weather events over the last ten years have cost the US over $14 billion in health costs alone, researchers have calculated.

Study: Halloween makeup contains heavy metals

A study of Halloween makeup has discovered something horrific: there is heavy metal in some of the products, and it isn't the Megadeth or Kiss kind.

Nanoparticles 'no threat to health'

There's no need to worry about the effects of nanoparticles on human health, it appears - we've all been surrounded by them for years.

Carbon nanoparticles can damage kidney cells

Even at low concentrations, carbon nanoparticles in the environment could damage human health, say medical researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Underground CO2 storage safe, say scientists

Storing carbon dioxide underground poses little threat to health, scientists from the University of Edinburgh claim.

Anti-smoking vaccine fails

For smokers hoping to quit, the idea of a quick fix in the form of a "magic" vaccine seemed almost too good to be true. No patches, no gross nicotine gum, just a shot.

Bill Gates invests in new toilet

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding an effort to 'reinvent the toilet'.

Facebook used to save the life of a child

Sometimes Facebook is more than just a billion dollar timewaster. Every once and a while it can be used for something more important than narcissism.

Broken lightbulbs spill dangerous levels of mercury

If broken and not removed, a compact fluorescent light bulb can release enough mercury vapor to exceed safe limits, a research team has found.

The $8000 Elliptical Machine Office Desk set

Sometimes there are developments in technology that give you hope for the future. This is one of those developments.